We read a lot of books in my family. So to keep up with the pace I find myself at the library at least three or four times a week digging through the children's stacks to find something new and interesting. When I say "new" I mean something different we have not read before. It was during my latest trip to the library I came across "The Amazing Mr. Zooty." What a great story!! The Amazing Mr. Zooty is a cat with a mission to "Get out, Help out" and that is exactly what he does. Mr. Zooty comes across the Taylor family in the park after watching the children trying to catch leaves for luck he decides to help them. Dressing up as a begger cat he approaches them for money and after they politely refuse him money citing they have none they give him the lucky leaves they have caught. After thanking them Mr. Zooty leaves to walk away and then pretends to faint. The family promptly takes the cat home to help him get back on his feet, because everybody needs a little help sometimes. When the Taylor"s reach home Mr. Zooty leaps up and states it is now my turn to help you and this is where the magic begins. Mr. Zooty than grants the family something they each wish. This is a magical tale about the power of kindness that teaches children the importance of helping and compassion. A must read for anyone.
The Amazing Mr. Zooty can be used in so many different storytimes as it's message is ageless. The colorful illustrations and beautiful writing will work with any group.